UAW Members at Ford Vote to Ratify New Four-Year Contract

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Rory Gamble, UAW International Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department, (left) and Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO, shake hands at Ford World Headquarters to begin negotiations for the 2019 contract. During the course of the 2015 contract, Ford exceeded its contract commitments, investing more than $9 billion in its US plants and creating or retaining more than 8,500 US hourly jobs. Ford has more US hourly UAW-represented workers than any other automaker and builds more vehicles in the US than any other automaker. Approximately 82 percent of the vehicles Ford sells in the US are built in the US, significantly higher than any other automaker. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen

Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on November 16, 2019.

The United Auto Workers union said on Friday that rank-and-file members at Ford Motor Company have voted in favor of a new four-year labor contract with the Number 2 US automaker.

The UAW will now focus on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the sole remaining Detroit automaker without a new labor contract. Talks with FCA are expected to begin on Monday, a UAW spokesman said.

The union said 56.3% of Ford’s hourly workers voted to approve the deal, which allowed the company to avoid a strike like the one that cost its larger rival General Motors Company about $3 billion (£2.3 billion). …

NY Times 11/16

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